Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Autonomous Vehicles

Guest Op-Ed: Consumers are Ready for Electric Vehicles. Our Power Grid Isn’t

More than comic fodder, the blackout was a valuable lesson reminding us that even the smartest, newest machines can’t function without the greatest machine ever built – the U.S. power grid. This is especially true in transportation, where vehicles, from personal cars to trucks and buses, are rapidly evolving by becoming electric and plugging into the power grid rather than running on gasoline.

House Panel Examines NHTSA’s Automated Vehicle Initiatives

February 15, 2018 A lot can happen in a year. Last Valentine’s Day, House Energy & Commerce’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP) Subcommittee convened a hearing with industry experts to discuss the regulatory challenges for aut… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.

USDOT Accelerates Work on Automated Vehicles 3.0

February 15, 2018 – USDOT is moving forward with the next iteration of its federal policy document on automated vehicles (AVs), titled Automated Vehicles 3.0, with a flurry of requests for comment and two public meetings.

Understanding NHTSA’s Voluntary Approach to Automated Vehicles

February 2, 2018 – Autonomous vehicles present an entirely new challenge for automotive regulations, which are typically prescriptive in nature. AV developers must incorporate a wide variety of sensors, computer systems, software, and communications technologies in their vehicles – and each of them tend to take a vastly different approach to enhancing the safety of their systems. And it is still unclear what the best method of ensuring safety is, since AV technology is not yet mature.

Senate Commerce Convenes Field Hearing at Washington Auto Show

January 26, 2018 – On January 24, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a field hearing at the Washington Auto Show to discuss emerging technologies in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on automated vehicles (AVs).

Senate Inches Toward Unanimous Consent on AV START

January 26, 2018 – The legislative logjam preventing the Senate’s autonomous vehicle policy legislation from going to the floor is lifting. Now just two “holds” remain: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Chao Reflects on Challenges for AVs at Detroit Auto Show

January 19, 2018 – In contrast to the full-throated support of autonomous vehicles from some legislators and her colleagues, Transportation Secretary Chao presented a rather nuanced view of the technology during her keynote speech at the Detroit Auto Show on January 14.

Thune Initiates “Hotline” of AV START

December 1, 2017 – Before the year comes to a close, Senate Commerce chairman John Thune (R-SD) is attempting to rally his colleagues to pass a bill that would create the nation’s first automated vehicle (AV) laws, AV START (S. 1885). Yesterday, Thune initiated the “hotline” process for the bill.

AV Bills Are Gathering Momentum Once Again

November 16, 2017 – ETW has learned from representatives of industry and advocacy groups engaged in the process that the AV START Act might be “hotlined” before the end of the month.